A road trip to Marshalltown, Iowa over the weekend resulted in two victories for the Moberly Area Community College Lady Greyhounds as the defeated NJCAA Division II #15 Des Moines Area Community College 60-46 on Friday night and host Marshalltown Community College 75-36 on Saturday.
MACC trailed Des Moines Area 16-8 at the end of the first quarter as they shot 4 of 13 from the field and committed nine turnovers, however the Lady Greyhounds battled back in the second quarter to send the game into halftime tied at 27.
“It was a great defensive battle,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We were getting some really good looks in the first half, but missed some easy baskets and turned the ball over too many times. At halftime we simply talked about finishing better around the rim and taking better care of the basketball.”
MACC managed to outscore Des Moines Area 33-19 in the second half and held the Bears to their lowest point total of the season in the process. The Lady Greyhounds were outrebounded for the first time all season as Des Moines Area won the rebounding battle 48-35. MACC shot 40 percent from the field for the game and limited the Bears to just 26 percent, while forcing 30 turnovers.
Brianna Perry led the Lady Greyhounds with 16 points, Carnethia Brown added nine points and three assists, while Alexis Henry scored eight points. Anisha George had five rebounds and three blocks. Jocelyn Taylor also grabbed five rebounds to go with five steals, three assists, and two blocks.
“I was pretty disappointed with our rebounding effort,” said Killinger. “We don’t get outrebounded very often, so we will definitely take a look at some of the reasons why that may have occurred. But, overall I’m pleased to get a win in what was basically a road game. DMACC is a well-coached team that plays extremely hard and they are definitely worthy of being a top 25 team.”
On Saturday, MACC jumped out to a 39-19 halftime lead and equaled that performance in the second half to pick up the 39 point victory. The Lady Greyhounds shot 47 percent from the field, compared to just 27 percent for Marshalltown, and outrebounded their hosts 44-24.
George connected on six of seven shots, to finish with 12 points, and grabbed six rebounds. Angelica Wiggins also reached double digits in the scoring column with 11 points, while Sentreal Gregory rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 points, Wiggins had five rebounds and Gregory had four assists. Lunden Henry scored six points and added six rebounds and four steals on the night.
“This was a good trip for us,” said Killinger. “It gave us an opportunity to go on the road and learn a little more about ourselves. We still have a lot of room to grow, both individually and collectively, so we’ll continue to work on those areas and try to get better each day.”